The entire team at HGC Engineering would like to wish you and those you love a bright and joyous holiday season; and a healthy and happy new year. We hope that you and yours have faired well, both professionally and personally, during these unprecedented times for us all. We are mindful that this season there are so many in our communities who are being challenged more than ever due to the impact of the pandemic, and so instead of sending out gift baskets and greeting cards as is our norm, we are proud this year to be making significant donations to the two worthy charitable causes featured below:
The SHINE Music Bursary is an annual financial award intended to support young musicians who wish to further their study or practice of traditional or folk music. This bursary is available to youth who: Face financial barriers which impede their practice and/or study of music; Are between the ages of 16 and 24; Are seeking to further their study or practice of traditional or folk music; Are living in the Greater Toronto Area. Award amounts vary, up to a maximum of $2,000, and are funded by the SHINE! Charity Benefit Concert (including auction and raffle and door proceeds), and donations.
Popular Canadian musicians donate their time to play at the concert, and bursary winners are usually featured. Funds are raised from door proceeds, charity raffle, charity auction and private donations. In past years there have been five to ten bursary winners, receiving awards of $500 to $2,000. The primary criterion for consideration is financial/social impediment to continuing the study of music. Past bursary recipients who have gone on to gain commercial success include: Heather Russell, Jordan Paul, and 2016 Juno Award winner, Jesse Riaz.
The Mustard Seed is a non‐profit organization that has been caring for men and women experiencing poverty and homelessness since 1984. The Mustard Seed delivers basic necessities, and support services including employment, advocacy, and counseling programs to those in need and partners with the community to address the root causes of poverty. The Mustard Seed is a safe and supportive place where individuals experiencing barriers associated with poverty and homelessness can have their physical needs met in the short term and long term, be given the support processes they require to heal and grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually so a better life down the road can begin. The organization operates in multiple locations in western Canada, including Alberta and British Columbia, and offers an expansive range of programs and services to our most vulnerable communities
We wish you all the best in 2021 and look forward to continuing our collaborations together in the new year. With vaccines coming on the horizon, we hope we will all soon find ourselves working and living safely again in a new post-COVID-19 era. In the meantime stay safe and keep well!